The Forest Way Track

Download & Print Map and Notes

1 hr 45 mins

4.4 km Circuit

179 m

Moderate track
Opened in 1886, the Forest Path was once part of a controversial logging site, the first time that logging was stopped in Australia by protest. Now it is a short trail looping around the hill, following the Hacking River. Through a shaded environment of ferns and eucalypts, this walk passes through a very pretty environment that was definitely worth preserving.

Maps for the The Forest Way Track walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Otford 1:25 000 Map Series 91294S OTFORD NSW-91294S
Port Hacking 1:100 000 Map Series 9129 PORT HACKING 9129

Cross sectional view of the The Forest Way Track bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the The Forest Way Track

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 4.4 km
Time 1 hr 45 mins

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


Around 4.3km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 75m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track

Around 3.7km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 730m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


This whole walk, 4.4km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

Around 3.7km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 730m requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 4.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 3.7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 730m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the The Forest Way Track walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the The Forest Way Track walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The The Forest Way Track walk starts and ends at the Int of Lady Carrington Drive and Sir Bertam Stevens Drive (gps: -34.148807, 151.03027)
Your main transport option to Int of Lady Carrington Drive and Sir Bertam Stevens Drive is by;
Car. A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather Forest

This walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



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Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂